Richard Stephen "Pops" Jeffery

KULPMONT — Richard Stephen "Pops" Jeffery, 70, of 1100 Spruce St., passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at his residence, with his loving family by his side, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Born in Mount Carmel, Oct. 24, 1942, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Vaivada) Jeffery.

He attended Mount Carmel area schools.

Rich was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He entered the service July 25, 1960, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a combat engineer with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines. He was awarded his honorable discharge Nov. 19, 1965, attaining the rank of lance corporal.

On April 26, 1969, in Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, he married Patricia D. Bendas, who survives.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Rich was a member and past commander of both the Mount Carmel and Shamokin Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also an active volunteer firefighter with the East End Fire Company, Coal Township, where he was a life member.

Rich enjoyed fishing, camping and being outdoors. Most importantly, though, he enjoyed the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by a son, Stephen Jeffery, and his fiancé, Colleen Mowery, of Shamokin; four daughters, Lisa Wylam, and her husband, Charles, of Kulpmont, Joan Ryan, and her husband Sam, of Kulpmont, Shirley Breznik, and her husband, Mickey, of Shenandoah, and Helen Stone, and her companion, Mike Vonaus, of Kulpmont; a son-in-law, Joe Stone, of Atlas; 11 grandchildren, Matthew and Chrissy Jeffery, Amanda Doone, Amanda and Craig Ryan, Stephanie and Thomas Jeffery, Nathan Wagner, Chazz Gasperetti, and Hunter and Brandon Breznik; three great-grandchildren, Alexis Dent, Audrey Jeffery Martz, and Dalton Moll; two sisters, Shirley Derr, of Kulpmont, and Judy Rhodes, of Montrose, and several nieces and nephews.


JEFFERY — Richard Stephen "Pops" Jeffery, 70, of 1100 Spruce St., Kulpmont. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stephen A. Chowka Funeral Home, 114 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, with the Rev. Ruslan Romanyuk officiating. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Coal Township. Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, through a local donation, or at

Published in The News Item on Nov. 3, 2012